Goffinet, Lady Tigers take down Tilghman

BRYCE RUDD Photo/ Times Leader

Caldwell County senior Lucy Goffinet scored two goals late in a big win over Paducah Tilghman Tuesday in Princeton.

Offensively, all the damage was done in the second half, as Caldwell County (11-5-2) went out of their final regular season home game with a W on senior night.

But what might get lost in translation from an absolute wrecking ball of a finale was a brilliant defensive performance, as the Lady Tigers limited Paducah Tilghman (9-7) to just three shots in the first 40 minutes before blowing this one open at 4-2 on Tuesday night in Princeton.

Honoring Lucy Goffinet, Maggie Ginn and Audrey Wynn, the Lady Tigers got one for the seniors as the District 7 Tournament approaches Monday at Butler Stadium. Ginn and Goffinet scored the three necessary goals in the second half to put this one away.

Morgan McDaniels had a near strike from the left side in the opening nine minutes as Caldwell's best early look at the net, followed by a corner kick by Kelsie Adams in the 11th, but Tilghman drew first blood at 1-0 in the 13th on a PK after a trip up in the box as senior Shelby Nickal punched in her 11th goal of the season.

Hannah Young nearly flipped in a header off a corner kick in the 33rd, but play remained back and fourth for the rest of the first half.

Karsyn Parker batter away a close ball by Tilghman in the 38th, but the Lady Blue Tornado maintained their narrow 1-0 margin at the half.

Kaylee McEnaney kept successfully driving up field, but was swarmed by at least two Tilghman defenders each time, getting man marked as Caldwell County couldn't buy a score despite several chances and dominating possession.

Goffinet's athleticism was on full display early in the second half as she got the Lady Tigers into scoring position.

Finally, Ginn got payback with a penalty kick of her own in the 45th to get Caldwell on the board and tie the match 1-1.

Diamond Gray had a high-arching shot that just missed as Parker was forced to leave the box, and Abbey Hagan had a similar attempt batted away on the other end in the 51st.

Goffinet put Caldwell County on top a minute later at 2-1 in the 52nd as she improved her footing and struck from short distance.

Then, the floodgates opened for Caldwell.

McDaniels struck a goal 20-feet out through the right pocket at 3-2 just moments after Goffinet's score, but TIlghman had one more answer as Nickal responded with her second goal in just seconds to cut the deficit to 3-2.

Parker's slide and save prevented a Lady Blue Tornado goal in the 68th, and in the 78th, Goffinet ended any hope of a Tilghman comeback with her second goal piercing through the right side on a fast break on a feed from McDaniels for the decisive insurance at 4-2.

Caldwell County held on in the final two minutes and change for the program's third straight win, staying red hot just in time for the postseason. The Lady Tigers had also won six of their last seven at that point, but there was still one more regular season game on the slate.

On Thursday night in the regular season finale, Caldwell County (11-6-2) saw another Region 1 squad, this one the much improved Calloway County Lady Lakers with star Zoe Stom at the Jim Nix Soccer Complex in Murray.

Calloway County won 3-0 and got goals from Stom, Bailey Provine (in the 35th on a free kick from 35 out) and Addi Schumacher in their three-score win.

Caldwell County had previously won six of their last seven games, with their lone loss in that stretch coming in a one-goal loss to Murray High.